GIS - Nov 8, 2012: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday in Port Louis between the Ministry of Arts and Culture for the Mauritian Hindi Speaking Union and Adharshila, a non-governmental organisation from Nainital, India, which works towards the promotion of the Hindi language and literature. The MoU will pave the way for enhanced collaboration between India and Mauritius in the field of Hindi language and literature.
In his address for the occasion, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Mukheshwar Choonee, recalled that Mauritius and India have entered some 40 MoU in several fields such as security, hydrography, education and information technology, illustrating the privileged and effective relations between the two nations. He stated that the new MoU will enable both parties to put Hindi at the forefront and contribute to the recognition of the language at the United Nations.
Commending the initiative undertaken by the Hindi Speaking Union to promote further Hindi language and literature in Mauritius, Mr Choonee urged the other local speaking unions to follow in the steps of their sister organisation and enter similar agreements for the promotion of languages and literature. Language, he said, is the vehicle of culture, and as such, initiatives that cater for the promotion of languages should be upheld.
The MoU, which is effective since yesterday and is valid for a renewal period of three years , provides for exchange programmes between poets, writers and professors of the two countries through goodwill visits and interactive sessions in institutions and organisations that promote Hindi language and literature. The MoU also caters for the holding of seminars, workshops and conferences with the participation of Hindi speakers from around the world on issues related to the language. The MoU will explore possibilities as regards publications of books, novels, and poetry in Hindi by local authors in India as well as the exchange of reading materials to enable Mauritian to access Hindi literature. It is also hoped that the MoU will trigger research projects between the two countries and provide for training programme in story and poetry writing as well as journalism.